North Somerset Council to decide Stage Two of Banwell bypass contract


At November’s Full Council meeting, North Somerset Council will decide whether to enter into the next stage of a contract to deliver the Banwell bypass with Alun Griffiths Ltd.

Griffiths took on Stage One of the contract in 2021, which saw the delivery of consultation, preliminary design and planning submission.

Stage Two includes detailed design and construction of the Banwell bypass, along with mitigation measures in nearby villages that will be delivered before the bypass opens. In addition to the bypass, the scheme includes miles of walking, cycling and horse-riding tracks. It also includes new ponds, woodland and wetland to protect and promote local species of wildlife. 

Mike Bell, Leader of North Somerset Council said: “We’ve worked hard to bring the Banwell bypass closer to becoming a reality this year, securing planning permission and additional funding. These achievements have given this flagship scheme a sense of momentum and we have now arrived at the final Council decision before we can get spades in the ground. 

“It has been a long road to get to this point, but I am confident through our extensive public consultation, Council scrutiny and due diligence from experts specialising in the environment, history, heritage and more, the scheme we’re set to deliver is one we can be proud of.

“Not only will Banwell bypass improve access and connectivity between communities – with options for greener travel – it will lay key infrastructure for future homes and facilities, both vital in meeting the needs of local people and unlocking the benefits of regional growth.”

Entering Stage Two of the contract would allow construction to start in early 2024, subject to the outcome of the inquiry into Compulsory Purchase Orders needed to acquire land to build the bypass. An outcome to the inquiry is expected before the end of 2023. 

North Somerset Council and Homes England have both pledged additional funding to help the Banwell bypass overcome inflationary pressures. The Stage Two contract also includes a number of clauses to help protect council finances. You can read more at Agenda for Council on Tuesday, 14th November.